Real life “Cabbage Patch Kid” earns $1,000
Katelyn Cross, who attends Belington Elementary School, participated as a third-grader in the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program, which encourages children to learn the joys of gardening.
More than 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states participated. In West Virginia, nearly 4,200 students participated. The state Department of Agriculture was in charge of selecting the West Virginia winner, which it did by random drawing of entries submitted for large cabbages.
Katelyn's mom, Missy Cross, said Katelyn tended hers all summer, and the family was surprised by just how big it got.
"She pretty much got into it," her mom said."She put Miracle Gro on it and she talked to her pawpaw about it because he gardens."
Katelyn's pawpaw also advised Katelyn to sprinkle a touch of salt on the plant when it was wet.
"He told her the bugs won't eat your cabbage then. He said not to put too much," her mother said.
Katelyn's dad built a cage around it to ward off rabbits.
"He had to expand that cage a couple of times because it got so big," said her mom.
Schools interested in participating in the program can register online at www.bonnieplants.com.
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- Posted on January 30, 2013